Ed Sprague, Sr.
Pitcher, Baseball Player
Who is Ed Sprague, Sr.?
Edward Nelson Sprague, Sr. is a former professional baseball pitcher. He played all or part of eight seasons in Major League Baseball for four different teams between 1968 and 1976. Listed at 6 ft 4 in, 195 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.
A hard-thrower, Sprague was scouted while pitching in the U.S. Army in Germany and was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1966. A year later he was sold to the Oakland Athletics. He entered the majors in 1968 with the Athletics, playing for them until 1969 before joining the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers. He filled various pitching roles as a closer and a middle reliever and as an occasional starter. His most productive season came in 1974 with Milwaukee, when he set career-highs in wins, strikeouts and earned run average in 20 games, including 10 as a starter, before damaging knee ligaments which ended his season.
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